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Chaves County remains in red zone

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Chaves County’s status as a red zone county remains unchanged as an update from the New Mexico Health Department shows it has gotten even farther away from the state’s targets.

In the two-week period of Oct. 13 to 26, Chaves County averaged 48.7 new daily cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people, an increase from 43.6 from the previous reporting period.

The county’s test positivity rate also increased from 9.5% to 11.3%, according to the update posted on the health department’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The state’s gating targets — which are used to determine when the state can move forward in its phased openings under the public health order — is fewer than eight new cases per day per 100,000 and a test positivity rate under 5%. Counties meeting those criteria are in the green zone and have been able to open schools to the hybrid learning model and allow visitation in nursing homes.

Twenty other counties are also in the red zone, meaning they are above both criteria. Three counties are in the yellow zone, meaning they have an average of eight or more new cases of COVID-19 a day but a test positivity rate under 5%.

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In its daily update Wednesday, the health department reported 663 new cases of COVID-19 with more than 40% of those in Bernalillo County.

Chaves County reported 19 new cases Wednesday, pushing the county’s total to 2,035. The state’s total is now at 43,826.

Bernalillo County had 273 of the new cases in Wednesday’s report. Doña Ana County had 97 cases, Santa Fe County had 46 cases, Eddy County had 44, Lea County had 23, McKinley County 22, Sandoval and Valencia counties had 19 cases each, Luna County 17, Curry County had 13, and Roosevelt County had 11.

Fourteen other counties reported 10 or fewer cases. The Otero County Prison also reported two new cases.

Eleven deaths related to COVID-19 were also reported in Wednesday’s update. Four of those were in Bernalillo County — a woman in her 50s, a man in his 70s, a woman in her 80s and a woman in her 90s.

Two of the deceased — a man in his 70s and a woman in her 80s — were from Curry County.

A man in his 50s and a man in his 70s were from Doña Ana County.

The remaining deaths were a woman in her 90s from Eddy County, a man in his 80s from Roosevelt County and a man in his 60s from Taos County.

Ten of the deceased had been hospitalized. Eight had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 is now 991.

In state hospital capacity, the state reported 78% of general beds are occupied and 79% of ICU beds are filled. These numbers include the 313 people hospitalized for COVID-19 as well as other conditions.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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